Derung language

Pronunciation [tɯɹɯŋ]
Native to China
Region Yunnan
Ethnicity Derung people
Native speakers
14,000 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 duu
Glottolog drun1238[2]

Derung, Dulong (simplified Chinese: 独龙; traditional Chinese: 獨龍; pinyin: Dúlóng) or Trung is the Sino-Tibetan language of the Derung people of China. It is an unwritten language. It is thought that the Derung and Nu people are of the same origin and speak somewhat the same language. They share the same kinship terminology as well as other cultural features.

Melam, Metu, Tamalu, and Tukiumu may be Derung dialects. They are not included in the speaker total above.

Dulongyu Jianzhi (1986) lists two main dialects of Dulong.


  1. Derung at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Drung". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. 1 2 Duo Ji & Sun Hongkai. 2009. "Sketch on basic characteristics and dialectology of the Dulong language". In Studies on Dulong society and history, vol. 2, 160–183. Beijing: Ethnic Publishing House. ISBN 9787105087983

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